She Works Hard for the Money: Decriminalization and changing public attitudes makes sex work safer for everyone

She Works Hard for the Money: Decriminalization and changing public attitudes makes sex work safer for everyone (Motif) DSW’s Ariela Moscowitz is quoted: “We’re always pushing sex work to be seen as work … and to improve the health and safety of sex workers and communities at large. We know full decriminalization leads to a…Continue reading She Works Hard for the Money: Decriminalization and changing public attitudes makes sex work safer for everyone

Brooklyn DA: Outstanding prostitution warrants from past 4 decades dismissed

Brooklyn DA: Outstanding prostitution warrants from past 4 decades dismissed (News 12) DSW’s Melissa Broudo is featured: “This is not just symbolic. It is meaningful for those over 857 people whose lives were directly impacted by criminalization who either had warrants hanging over their heads or pending court cases hanging over their heads. The criminal…Continue reading Brooklyn DA: Outstanding prostitution warrants from past 4 decades dismissed

Rhode Island Introduces Legislation Aimed at Protecting Sex Workers

DSW is pleased to be working with allies in Rhode Island on four bills critical to the health and safety of sex workers and communities as a whole! DSW’s Melissa Broudo and J. Leigh Oshiro-Brantly testified in support of the resolution and bills listed below. House Resolution 5250: “Creating a special legislative commission to study ensuring…Continue reading Rhode Island Introduces Legislation Aimed at Protecting Sex Workers

Decriminalization News From Oregon and Louisiana

March 3, 2021: New Orleans District 91 State Representative Mandie Landry proposed a new bill decriminalizing prostitution in Louisiana on International Sex Workers’ Rights Day. Landry partnered with local sex worker rights and domestic violence advocates to draft the legislation. Women With a Vision, a coalition that advocates for increased awareness around substance abuse and domestic violence…Continue reading Decriminalization News From Oregon and Louisiana

A Victory Decades in the Making: New York Repeals the Walking While Trans Ban

After nearly fifty years of wreaking havoc on marginalized communities, the criminalization of loitering for the purpose of engaging in a prostitution offense was finally repealed in New York State. The statute, passed in 1976, is commonly referred to as the “Walking While Trans Ban” because law enforcement used it to unjustly target, harass, and…Continue reading A Victory Decades in the Making: New York Repeals the Walking While Trans Ban

Washtenaw County Decriminalizes Consensual Sex Work

In a major win for sex workers and other marginalized populations, Washtenaw County’s new prosecutor announced their office will no longer prosecute the buying and selling of consensual adult sex. Advocates, sex workers, and allies are hopeful that other jurisdictions will follow in the footsteps of Washtenaw County, which includes Ann Arbor. The evidence-based approach…Continue reading Washtenaw County Decriminalizes Consensual Sex Work

The Palermo Protocol: 20 Years Later

The conflation of consensual adult sex work and human trafficking remains a harmful paradigm that continues to be promoted by a number of organizations and individuals, especially those who seek to prohibit prostitution. Human trafficking is a horrible human rights violation and exists in many labor sectors. Trafficking in agriculture and the hospitality industry is…Continue reading The Palermo Protocol: 20 Years Later

Hero(es) of the Month: Honoring the Dancers of the Lusty Lady

In 1996, the Lusty Lady in San Francisco became the first strip club in the country to successfully unionize, making history for the entire informal labor sector, including sex work. Despite the club’s closure in 2013, “Lusties,” as the dancers call themselves, remain a symbol of resilience and empowerment in an industry so often criticized…Continue reading Hero(es) of the Month: Honoring the Dancers of the Lusty Lady